Nelson Mandela spent 18 years incarcerated on Robben Island, a short boat ride from Cape Town’s Waterfront. It’s a spooky place, brutal and austere in a way that can only increase your admiration for what Mandela later achieved.
A tour of an old prison isn’t always top of a bucket list. South Africa’s top travel designers can arrange a tour with one of the island’s former prison guards.
Your guide knew Mandela and forged a friendship with him over more than a decade. His stories offer an illuminating perspective on a hero and the country he helped rebirth.